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The Other Side of “Irish Eyes”

Brian Mulroney abroad and at home

The Ramble

Memories from the PMO

Vintage Years

Two political memoirs

Mel Cappe

Mel Cappe is professor in the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto and was the 18th clerk of the Privy Council, secretary to cabinet and head of the Public Service of Canada.

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Mel Cappe

Primus extra pares: Prime Ministers and power

The evolution of the job of PM November 2017
When Governing from the Centre by Donald Savoie was published in 1999, positing that power had begun consolidating in the Prime Minister’s Office in the mid 1990s, I argued with Savoie that the evolution of this phenomenon was important, but it was not new. Rather, I noted, it could be traced back to Trudeau père and the advent of a centralizing PMO that had the likes of Marc…

The Idea Juggler

New thoughts, new approaches, new words to tackle old problems. June 2007